Echoes of the Past #1

I’m starting a series of pictures of Hanover, PA and the surrounding area based on a theme of “Echoes of the Past”.  My idea is to collect a series of images that I might use in a book.  As I pursue this project, I will be showing many of the images here in my blog and then I hope to later cull out my selects for a book.

I made this first set on Saturday, the 25th of Feb. in 2017, while walking around one half block bounded by the square, streets, and ally in the center of Hanover.  My objective for the images I made on this first trip was to try out the concept of using only an effective 35mm lens to get a feel for the focal length and to try some different processing styles.  I haven’t yet decided on how I will process them for the book and I may try out several different styles here in my blog.

In the future, I hope to be returning to the streets and showing what I see in 2017.  I hope to capture a current sense of place that also shows the linkages to the past.  This shouldn’t be too difficult since most seem to be living in the past.

One of my goals is to concentrate on “lifestyle photography” in this coming year with a normal lens; i.e. not with a long focal length zoom lens.  I’ll have to live with this idea until I see whether I can make it work and if it satisfies me.  If all goes well, this project will be only one of several projects.  I also hope to capture images of our lifestyle of living here at Homewood at Plum Creek, which ironically, may be the hardest to do without a long lens; but, I will be limited in the nature of those pictures that I can display on my blog due to privacy concerns.

I am also considering another project that I might write about and illustrate with pictures, but I’m less sure about that project.  The only thing that is clear to me is that I will be attempting to focus my efforts and photography on my ever-changing perspective of life without long focal lengths.  Which camera(s) I decide to use is still somewhat undecided until I proceed a while and learn what I need.  I am pretty sure that an effective 35 to 50mm focal length will work, but I’m still unsure about which camera and whether I need a smallish pocket camera.